Burger King violates permit, shortens hours

The Stadium Village location did not have a permit for 24-hour operation.

Katherine Lymn

Stadium Village dwellers have lost a late-night burger joint since the neighborhood Burger King was caught violating its operating permit and shortened its business hours in response. The store is located in a business district where operating hours are set between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. during the week and until 11 p.m. over the weekend; a conditional use permit is required to be open for extended hours, said Minneapolis license inspector Michele Olds, who caught Burger KingâÄôs violation. Burger King is currently operating under the district hours. âÄúWhen the average person looks around, they wouldnâÄôt know if a business has a conditional use permit or not,âÄù Olds said, adding that many businesses operate under these conditional permits. When confronted, Burger King management claimed they had âÄúverbal permissionâÄù to operate 24-hours a day, but no paper documentation proved this, Olds said. Betty Sandoval, a Burger King shift manager, said the owners are looking into getting the permit. âÄúItâÄôs not going to be permanent,âÄù Sandoval said of the current hours, adding that late-night business is big for the store. However, Olds said that to obtain the conditional use permit, a public hearing must be held with the neighboring community. âÄú[Getting a conditional use permit] isnâÄôt all that difficult,âÄù she said, but it âÄúrequires public input.âÄù Past disgruntlement with the store may make the hearing an obstacle. The storeâÄôs nighttime activity, including homeless individuals who sleep there for hours, has lead to complaints at numerous Stadium Village Commercial Association meetings. In fact, Olds first investigated the storeâÄôs licensure in response to complaints the Minneapolis Police Department made in late March about the loiterers and overnight guests. SVCA may contribute commentary to the public hearing, President Nancy Rose Pribyl said. The association would hope to ensure Burger King is âÄúproviding service to customers as opposed to just providing a place for people to sleep,âÄù she said. The storeâÄôs leniency has fostered âÄúa community that has sort of adopted [Burger King] as their place for just staying overnight,âÄù Pribyl said, which is one of the SVCAâÄôs main concerns. Management needs to âÄúbe responsible for supervising whatâÄôs happening on the property,âÄù she said, as well as âÄúwhatâÄôs being drawn to the area as a result of them being open during those hours.âÄù